thread: 2012-03-19 : If it isn't an RPG, is it still an RPG?

On 2012-03-19, Ben Lehman wrote:

Rafu: "half-success" is what we've got. ^_^

I have so many half-success and failure and mitigated success stories on this topic I can't count them all. I think that a lot of the ideas we (self def included here) have about how to reach "non-gamers" are wrong-headed, but it really depends on the audience you're going for...

For instance, the people I'm trying to reach*, the cultural baggage associated with "RPG" is a huge plus, if you can get past the "but how do I put the book into my playstation?" problem. The corner of culture that I'm looking at is hugely nerd-positive, and plays a lot of video games, not to mention online chat, forum, and journal RPGs. For the nerd-allergic, like with Vincent at the horror con, it's not.


* Exception: Drifter's Escape, which sadly has never really found its audience. I have no idea how to sell literary fiction at all. I take solace that, in this, I am in the company of every major publisher in the world.


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